Hollywood film Fifty Shades of Grey banned in Malaysia for being too pornographic
It’s one of the most talked-about movies of the year. But fans hoping to see Fifty Shades of Grey in Malaysia will be left disappointed, as the on-screen adaptation of the book has been deemed unacceptable for viewing.
The racy flick was due to have its official cinema release in the Southeast Asian country on February 12, but that has now been cancelled.
The Malaysian Film Censorship Board (LFB) denied the Sam Taylor-Johnson-directed film a certificate, as reported in The Star.
LPF chairman Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid commented that the big-screen incarnation of E.L James’ best-seller is ‘more pornography than a movie’.
He added: ‘The board made a decision in view of the film containing scenes that are not of natural sexual content.
‘The content is more sadistic, featuring scenes of a woman being tied to a bed and whipped.’
The reveal that the film has been vetoed by the Malaysian censorship board comes hot on the heels of the news that cinemagoers in other countries are guaranteed an eyeful after censors passed the movie without making any cuts of the raunchy content.
The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) unsurprisingly made the sexually charged BDSM movie an 18 certificate, but said the work ‘passed uncut’.
In the United States, Fifty Shades has been rated with an R certification.
The film, which is described as showing ‘strong sex and nudity’ as well as ‘the portrayal of erotic role play’, stars Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as his lover Anastasia Steele.
The series of three Grey books written by James has reportedly sold over 100 million copies worldwide and been translated into more than 50 languages
Taylor-Johnson consulted a professional dominatrix for the film, which is more than two hours long, and said she ‘learned a lot’ from her.
She recently told The Independent: ‘The sex scenes are pretty intense, so I’m sure people are going to feel aroused – but I’ve seen them so many times that I tend to forget.’
Some of the BBFC’s rulings in the past have been controversial – it caused a storm last year when s cenes showing cross-dressing flirtation and a villainous taxidermist contributed to the new Paddington film being given a parental guidance (PG) certificate.
It was also claimed that the sex scenes make up 20 minutes of the movie, which runs for 100 minutes, making it the most sex-filled flick in years.
The film looks set to shock audiences with it’s uncensored version of events, that sees domineering Christian Grey reveal his passion for BDSM to student Anastacia Steele, who soon becomes his lover.
Dakota, who takes on the role of Anastacia, recently admitted in an interview that she doesn’t want her family to see her in the raunchy, daring film.
Speaking to Glamour magazine, she confessed: ‘I don’t want my family to see it, because it’s inappropriate. Or my brother’s friends that I grew up with. Also there’s part of me that’s like, I don’t want anyone to see this movie – just kidding.’
Jamie has also revealed he’s going to stop his loved-ones from seeing him in Fifty Shades of Grey, telling the magazine: ‘When my daughter’s 18, I’m not going to be going, “You’ve gotta watch Daddy in Fifity Shades Of Grey”’.
‘But there will be greater things to protect her from than Dad’s arse on the big screen.’
EL James has sold over 100 million copies of her Fifty Shades Of Grey trilogy worldwide, which has now been translated into over 50 languages
The movie is one of the most highly-anticipated releases of the year, with the trailer having already been watched a massive 45 million times on YouTube.
Fifty Shades of Grey hits cinemas in the UK on February 13.